In Addis Ababa, Ban hails new UN facility as symbol of shared ‘strong desire for peace’

The United Nations is “better placed to deliver better results,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as a new office facility was inaugurated today at the UN Economic Commission for Africa compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ban hails Tunisian vote as critical step as country continues transition to democracy

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Tunisian people on the legislative elections held in the North African country on 26 October, welcoming the polls as a “crucial step for the country’s future” and a “decisive milestone in the transition to democracy.”

South Sudan: 60 civilians injured in fighting near UN base

More than 60 civilians were injured yesterday after fighting broke at a protection of civilians site next to the United Nations House on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, according to a UN spokesperson.

DR Congo: amid fresh violence, ‘presence without action, undermines our credibility’ – UN envoy

Amid continuing flare-ups of deadly violence and a tenuous humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) in the vast African nation today underlined the need for a “proactive, not reactive” response in countering the country’s rebel groups and boosting protection for civilians.

Ebola: UN envoy concludes visits to affected countries, presents ‘robust’ recovery plan

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has wrapped up his visits to the three West African countries battling the Ebola outbreak as part of the Organization’s ongoing efforts to drum up international support in tackling the deadly crisis, it was announced today.

UN’s Ban, global leaders join forces in multi-billion dollar Horn of Africa pledge

Spearheading a high-level delegation of global and regional leaders in a visit to the Horn of Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced a new $8 billion development initiative aimed at boosting economic growth, reducing poverty and spurring business activity across the African region’s eight countries.

Egypt: Ban, Security Council condemn deadly terrorist attacks in Sinai

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned two terrorist attacks that targeted military checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula.

Libya: UN ‘deeply concerned’ by reported threats against national rights institution

The United Nations human rights office expressed “deep concern” today at reports of threats and intimidation directed against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR), based in Tripoli.

DR Congo: UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end rebel threat

Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to “put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups,” including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.

Primary focus of response must be to halt spread of Ebola in West Africa – UN

As the international community mobilizes on all fronts to combat the unfolding Ebola outbreak, the primary emphasis must continue to be on stopping the transmission of the virus within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit countries, United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) experts said today.